A. R. Jerral

  • TThe massacre in Quetta in which about 14 female students were targeted demonstrates one thing; humanity or whatever is left of it has fallen in the deepest abyss. Men have been fighting for ages for various reasons, but they never deliberately targeted women, even in barbaric ages; the women ...

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  • TAfter enduring five long years of loadshedding, price hikes and loot and plunder under the PPP-led government, the people hoped that a political change would reduce their miseries. They dreamt of better conditions; of some ease in their sustenance levels; dreams of seeing food items at affordable ...

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  • TPakistan is a Muslim state created on the foundations of Islamic ideology. In the 1940s, the driving slogan behind the Pakistan Movement spelled out this direction unambiguously. The Objective Resolution, which is part of our constitution, clearly lays down the direction that this country ought to ...

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  • TThe media reports reveal that the conduct of returning officers assigned with the task of scrutinising the nomination papers of prospective candidates are taking on a comic overtone. Most of the questions being asked by them on the basis of Articles 62 and 63 are not only ridiculous, but also ...

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  • TThe caretakers have finally taken the oath of office. Those who have stepped in to oversee the conduct of elections are visibly PPP sympathisers. The candidates put forward by the PML-N have been totally eliminated. This has been so obvious that one newspaper bluntly wrote: “Zardari makes ...

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  • TAfter keeping mum for the last nine years, the United Nations has broken its silence on the subject of killings in the Pakistani tribal areas by the US drones. It calls these attacks a “violation” of Pakistan’s sovereignty and classifies killings a breach of human rights. One ...

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  • TThe Governor of Balochistan levelled serious charges against the security agencies after the Kirani Road massacre. He said that they are either incompetent or afraid of acting against the terrorists. The observation about fear is really grave. It implies that they have the information about the ...

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  • TThe threatening events happening in and around Pakistan are moving so fast that there is no clear direction as to how they can or will be controlled. So far, the government and security agencies have failed to anticipate and take effective measures to counter them. Karachi, for instance, tops the ...

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  • TTwo political activities are going almost concurrently. One, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is busy preparing for the 2013 general elections, and almost every day issuing instructions and procedures for it. Two, the government and its coalition partners are pursuing dialogue with Dr ...

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  • TThe political high drama that began with Dr Tahirul Qadri’s mammoth public meeting on December 25, 2012, came to an end on January 17, 2013. There were a lot of speculation as to who was behind this Canadian citizen, who landed with a big political bang on Pakistani soil. A massive media ...

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  • TDr Tahirul Qadri descended on Lahore with the biggest bang possible. He pulled the largest crowd at Minar-i-Pakistan; much larger than Imran Khan could manage. His arrival was heralded by a massive media campaign in the history of Pakistan. Experts estimate that this media venture is priced at a ...

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  • TThe six-point plan submitted by Sardar Akhtar Mengal to the Supreme Court is under discussion in the media. Immediately, the plan was described akin to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s six-points, which had led to the bloody civil war and creation of Bangladesh. Some allege that this similarity has ...

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  • TA book, entitled Days that changed the world, lists 50 defining events of world history. The first event listed in it is the Battle of Salamis, in which the Athenian Navy destroyed the Persian fleet of King Xerxes on September 28, 480 BC. The last event listed occurred 2,481 years later: September ...

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  • TOn Friday, August 24, 2012, our friend and ally rained down deadly rockets from three drones on hapless people in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), killing 18 of them and injuring 14 others. No one knows and no one will ever know, how many of them were guilty of terrorist acts and how many were ...

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  • T Barring a few occasions in the past 64 years, I do not recall Pakistan celebrating one unified Eid-ul-Fitr. Even on those few occasions that we celebrated the Eid officially together, there were isolated pockets and areas where people on call from the local religious leaders celebrated the ...

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  • T Presently, Pakistan is witnessing a politico-legal drama that is running to packed audience on the media, in Parliament, press conferences and political rallies. The legality of Prime Minister Gilani to hold the august office after the Supreme Court verdict on his contempt case is forcefully being ...

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  • TThe Pak-US bilateral activities taking place upfront and behind-the-scenes indicate that the stoppage of Nato supply routes through Pakistan is taking its toll. The claims made that there will be no or little effect on the conduct of operations in Afghanistan were hollow; aerial supply though ...

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  • T On January 13, it was reported that the Pakistani Prime Minister had called the British High Commissioner in “panic” and asked him to support his government against a feared military coup. Though the report has been denied by the PM House and the British High Commission, yet doubts ...

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  • T In a democratic political set-up, three institutions play the basic, but the most important, role in the management of the country’s domestic and international affairs. These institutions are the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. The legislative formulates, amends and ...

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  • T Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) waited 15 years to see the rush of political heavyweights eager to join its ranks. The floodgates were opened after the mammoth rally at Lahore. Since then, there has been no looking back. The influx of prominent political personalities from the status quo parties ...

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  • TThe Nato Chief, Anders Rasmussen, has conveyed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan that deaths at the Salalah post in Mohmand Agency were unintended. He has written: The deaths of Pakistani personnel are 'unacceptable and 'deplorable. This was a tragic, unintended incident. This is called rubbing ...

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  • TPakistans 10-year long, unconditional alliance with the USA in the war on terror has failed to generate any mutual confidence. In Americas perception, Pakistan still cannot be trusted. These are the words of Texas Governor Rick Perry, Republican Party Presidential hopeful, who, in a candidates ...

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  • TImmediately after the democratically elected PPP government was formed, the electricity crisis surfaced in the country; gradually, it assumed an alarming dimension. Within three years, the crisis has blown up to the extent that our industry has almost crippled, domestic life has become miserable ...

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  • TThe 'change is the current mantra in our political arena. In a previous article, entitled The quest for change, which was published in TheNation on November 14, an effort was made to identify the forces that are resistant to any political change in Pakistan. In their speeches and comments on ...

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  • TSince the political rallies of PML-N and PTI at Lahore there is a general impression in the masses that change in our political environment is almost upon us. The MQM leader Altaf Hussain is even more vocal in this regard; in his view, the middle class is gearing up for a revolution against the ...

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  • TTrue to his claim, the Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan held the mammoth rally on the grounds of Iqbal Park on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The sceptics had challenged him that it would be a feat, if he could collect 50,000 people. The estimates of the people who attended defy all ...

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  • TIt seems that the US war in Afghanistan has entered its final phase. The recent activities witnessed in the operational arena and diplomatic circles strongly point in that direction. Sometime back the media reported hundreds of US troops concentrating in areas across the North Waziristan Agency ...

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  • TA few days before our 64th Independence Day a prominent television channel aired a talk show in which the question Is Pakistan a nation was discussed. Two very senior Pakistani journalists were on the panel; one forcefully saying that we are not a nation, while the other was of the opinion that we ...

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  • TSixty-three years ago when Pakistan came into being, the economic and political conditions in the country were difficult. Yet, the people had the confidence and resolve to survive with dignity and honour. Hopes were high and there was optimism in the entire nation and we did surmount those ...

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  • TSome time back the US Embassy arranged a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) pride celebration ceremony at Islamabad, the heart of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. As reported over 75 people, including leaders of Pakistan GLBT advocacy groups, attended the ceremony. The US Embassy ...

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